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the death of one and the rebirth of another

the death of one and the rebirth of another

April 25, 2016 |  Category:   life

It's only April, but 2016 has already put me through the wringer. Where the rest of the year will go is anyone's guess. I'm still trying to collect my thoughts and get my bearings around the fact that my tech start up has shut down quite suddenly, but the overwhelming response on that post and on Twitter is testament that our team built something special. I'm working on my own Medium post because there's so much still to say about this experience, but for now, a focus back on our bakery business is in much needed order. Watching the city bloom and the way the light progressively changes every day as we move through seasons has made the… CONTINUE READING

The Tides may be changing again

The Tides may be changing again

April 6, 2016 |  Category:   life outings travels

There is nothing like discovering a special new-to-you place for the first time and tucking it away as a memory to pull out on days when things seem rocky. It was a cold Easter weekend when we took a spontaneous road trip to Boston. Didn’t think we’d be heading to the ocean on this trip, but my cousin must share a fondness for drives and views like I do because she suggested this park near Rockport, Massachusetts. I like the ocean in any form, but I like rocky, dramatic beachscapes the best. We didn’t stay too long because of the wind and cold, but long enough to get our fill of ocean air. The waves were really rough that day.… CONTINUE READING

weekends are for exploring

weekends are for exploring

March 21, 2016 |  Category:   life outings

The weather has been wild, like March often is. But it’s fitting as I’ve learned that March is often a month of paradoxes. While the business slows down for a few weeks before outdoor market starts, I pick up the slack with more freelance work than I should have said yes to. As overwhelming as it’s felt these past few weeks, I know that the extra income will pay for summer things like camp and travel so I push through the long hours. The weekends, however, are time spent exploring. Unless I’m against the most dire of deadlines, I’ll make the time for weekend outings no matter how busy I am. Sometimes it’s in the city, but often we’ll take… CONTINUE READING

There was some snow this winter

There was some snow this winter

March 7, 2016 |  Category:   life

I heard it was going to be 65 degrees this week and New Yorkers have stars in their eyes at the thought of true Spring-like weather. But I couldn’t let Winter pass without a few snow photos. Truth is, we did have some snow Friday – a surprise dusting of an inch or so that we woke up to in the morning. The only real snow worth mentioning this year, however, was that record breaking snow storm last month, which were when these photos were taken. It blew in like a beast over a weekend and transformed the city into a winter playground. Despite the complaints about snow, it wouldn’t be winter without it, and I would bet that even… CONTINUE READING

hoar frost

hoar frost

February 16, 2016 |  Category:   life

I almost forgot to share with you these photos of the frost that was everywhere in Washington. I posted a few images on Instagram last month, but of course took so many more pictures. Apparently this is hoar frost and it happens when ice crystals get deposited as a result of below freezing temps, moisture in the air and contact on surfaces chilled below freezing point (you learn something new everyday). In Washington we had a few very foggy mornings and what was left behind when the fog lifted was this hoar frost. From a far it looks like sparkling snow. I became obsessed with it and couldn’t stop examining all the different crystal formations whenever we’d go for a… CONTINUE READING

The year of the monkey

The year of the monkey

February 11, 2016 |  Category:   holidays life nyc

The Year of the Monkey 2016 was the first year that NYC public schools had off for the Lunar New Year. When the Mayor made this announcement before the school year began, I admit I grimaced at the thought of having to find childcare for yet another school holiday, particularly since Winter Break would begin just one week later. But you know what? I juggled my schedule so I could take part of the day off and the kids and I had the best day celebrating the new year in Chinatown. Our first stop was the firecracker ceremony. I’ve never been to it before, but I had a strong pull to go this year, probably because it’s a traditional ceremony… CONTINUE READING

February, and not standing still

February, and not standing still

February 1, 2016 |  Category:   life the biz

The first month of the year is now filed away in the history books. Hello February. It’s now time to get serious about 2016. Valentine’s Day always sneaks up so quickly behind the holidays, as far as the business goes. Our ordering deadline is this Saturday, the 6th. We have a limited number of hot chocolate and marshmallow heart gift boxes and our Little Box of Valentine’s Day Cookies are back too. The cookies may vary a bit each year, but this sweet little box is always among my favorites. So it was right around this time last year that I wrote about my intentions to return my attention back to the business. Well, that didn’t happen. 2015 derailed me… CONTINUE READING

San Francisco, & a new identity beyond design

San Francisco, & a new identity beyond design

January 25, 2016 |  Category:   life travels

January, so far, has started off quite busy. 3 weeks into the new year and it’s already been a full month of travel. A week and a half after we landed from Seattle, I got back on a plane to the West Coast, this time to San Francisco. I’ve never been much of a conference attending person, even during the height of the blogging years, but last week I flew to San Francisco to attend a live stream video conference called SummitLive. I’ve been meaning to write more about my “other life” as a community and growth manager at the tech start up I’m working at. If you’ve stuck with me through this blog for the past few years, then… CONTINUE READING

The Northwest in Winter

The Northwest in Winter

January 9, 2016 |  Category:   life Seattle & the NW travels

2016. Sounds like a date in the future, doesn’t it? This is what I would have thought when I was a kid. We spent a week in between Christmas and New Years in Washington, the first time we’ve spent the holiday season anywhere other than NYC in nearly 20 years ago. I’ll admit, getting on a plane was the last thing we wanted to do after Christmas, but once we got there (and after we got acclimated to the cold, which was a sharp contrast to the freakish 70 degree weather we had around Christmas here in NY), we were happy for a change of scenery. Visiting a city in a different season that you’re otherwise familiar with is almost… CONTINUE READING

Another Christmas done, another year gone.

Another Christmas done, another year gone.

December 26, 2015 |  Category:   holidays life

We’re enjoying the kind of laziness that can only come after breathing a sigh of relief as we close another busy holiday season. It feels well earned, and maybe the only time of year when the guilt of doing nothing but sitting on the couch watching movies and TV shows dissipate into pure bliss and satisfaction. But like most years, I can’t help but feel a little bit of a let down when Christmas day finally arrives. So much preparation, planning and shopping for one day…and then it’s all done, just like that. It was a very pleasant day, nonetheless, though a bit quiet. Sometimes traditions slowly take shape and ours the last few years have involved morning walks on… CONTINUE READING

What winter? The flowers are still in bloom.

What winter? The flowers are still in bloom.

December 13, 2015 |  Category:   life seasonal

It’s astonishing how warm it’s been all Fall. Shorts and sandals in December? Yup, I’ve seen it all this past weekend where it’s been in the mid 60s for days now. I don’t think we’ve dipped below 50 in the last 2 months. You know something’s not quite right when people start complaining about how warm it is for mid-December and start wishing for snow and colder weather (did they forget the snow-tastrophe that was last winter??). My kids called this weather “dumb”. I don’t know if I’m at that point yet, but it is disconcerting. Just a little bit. Still, anything that makes the busy holiday season go a little more smoothly is welcome in my book. This weather… CONTINUE READING

time marches onward. but first, the colors of fall.

time marches onward. but first, the colors of fall.

November 23, 2015 |  Category:   life seasonal

I really don’t understand how Thanksgiving is in just a few days. Does every Fall go by this fast? And since the Christmas season basically starts after Halloween, we’re already in full holiday mode with our business. The corporate gifts get fulfilled first. Then orders for the holidays start coming in steadily until they reach a mad rush towards the middle of December when our shipping deadline hits. We’ve done this 8 times before! We know what to expect by now. It doesn’t mean that we can coast since every holiday season is different, but there’s comfort in knowing that we’ve made it through each time. But let’s just back up a little to Fall (p.s. if you aren’t sign… CONTINUE READING

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